View a list of majors on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid website.
If you do not see your area of interest listed on this page, a representative at the Office of Enrollment Management (225-578-1175 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or a counselor at the University College Center for Freshman Year (225-578-6822 or email@example.com) can assist you.
You may also view the LSU General Catalog for more detailed information.
It is essential that we have your Scholastic Aptitude Text (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores on file to enroll you in the proper freshman English and math classes. If you have taken either of these tests more than once, we strongly recommend that you have all of the scores sent to LSU since we will use the best Math and English ACT scores to award credit, the best composite score for admission purposes, and your best scores may be on more than one test.
Only scores sent directly to the University from the SAT or ACT Testing Centers are considered official. If you indicated that you wanted your scores sent to LSU when you took the SAT or ACT exam, then your official scores are on file at LSU. If you did not have the testing center send your scores directly to LSU, request that your official scores be sent immediately. To request your scores be sent:
Test Telephone Number LSU's Code
SAT 609-771-7600 6373
ACT 319-337-1313 1590
Remember that LSU can use unofficial SAT or ACT scores to allow you to attend freshman orientation and schedule your classes, but you must bring a copy of these scores with you.
Before placing students into a math class, please consult the student’s curriculum to see what math courses are required. For example, students in the Curriculum in Kinesiology don’t have to take Math 1550, even though they might qualify for placement into Math 1550. On the other hand, some students who are not required to take Math 1550 may choose to take it anyway.
Below is counseling advice of a general nature. For more detailed advice, please consult https://www.math.lsu.edu/ugrad/PlacementCredit
Placement in and credit for LSU math courses can be based on any one of the following:
LSU Math Placement Tests for Math 1021 (College Algebra) and Math 1022 (Plane Trigonometry)
Retroactive Credit for Math 1021 (College Algebra) and Math 1022 (Plane Trigonometry)
Math 1023 (College Algebra and Trigonometry)
Math 1029 (Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics) and Math 1100 (The Nature of Mathematics)
The ALEKS Prerequisite for Math 1550 and 1551
ALEKS is an opportunity to let students know whether they are prepared to be successful in calculus.
ALEKS is also an opportunity for students to become prepared, and to refresh their precalculus skills.
ALEKS is part of a national trend for success in college mathematics.
An ALEKS score of 70% or higher for Math 1550 (Analytic Geometry and Calculus I), and 75% or higher for Math 1551 (Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus I), is the only prerequisite for registering in these courses. ACT scores and prior coursework are no longer required for registering, nor do they guarantee admission into these courses. However, for advising purposes, students with a Math ACT score of 27 or higher are allowed to provisionally schedule calculus on the presumption that they will achieve the requisite ALEKS scores. Students currently taking LSU’s Math 1022 (Plane Trigonometry) or 1023 (College Algebra and Trigonometry) are also allowed to provisionally schedule calculus on the same presumption.
Students who are provisionally scheduled in Math 1550 or 1551 and who fail to achieve the requisite ALEKS score will be purged from the course shortly before the start of classes. This can impact their registration in other courses, notably Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics. Therefore, students taking the ALEKS test should leave enough time to complete the learning module, if needed, or to register in a lower math course. Purged students can re-schedule Math 1550/1551 once they have achieved the requisite ALEKS score—even as late as the last day to add classes (but allowing a 1-day delay for LSU to receive the score from ALEKS).
An ALEKS score must be “fresh”; see the ALEKS calendar at https://www.math.lsu.edu/ugrad/ALEKS for the exact dates of freshness and the ALEKS purge date for your particular semester.
To obtain an ALEKS score for Math 1550 or 1551, a student must first have an active “myLSU” ID (formerly called a “PAWS” ID). This is obtained once the student applies for admission to LSU. Once the student has obtained a myLSU ID, he or she can go to the myLSU login-page by clicking on https://sso.paws.lsu.edu/login?service=https%3A%2F%2Fmylsu.apps.lsu.edu%2Fc%2Fportal%2Flogin, then log in, and then navigate to the “ALEKS Calculus Placement Test” link, located under the Student Services tab. Students can see screen shots previewing the sign-up steps at http://grok.lsu.edu/article.aspx?articleid=16231. Once logged in and redirected to the ALEKS Corporation, the student will be required to submit a $25 payment via credit card; cards from foreign countries are often not accepted. None of this payment goes to LSU. It is important that the student register for ALEKS through myLSU, as this is the only way for the student’s ALEKS score to get reported to LSU.
Once registered for the ALEKS test, students take the test online, anywhere they have internet access. The test can be started, interrupted, and restarted at the students’ convenience. The test is “open-book” and is not proctored.
Who is ready to take ALEKS? Students should be able to do well on the initial ALEKS assessment if they have earned or expect to earn an A or B in a high school math course equivalent to any of the following: Advanced Mathematics (precalculus version), Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, or any calculus course that includes trigonometry. Other students can also achieve a requisite ALEKS score if they are prepared to spend sufficient time with the ALEKS learning module.
Credit for Math 1550 and 1552 (Analytical Geometry and Calculus I and II), and other courses
Prerequisite for Math 1431 (Calculus with Business and Economic Applications)
The prerequisite for Math 1431 is (still) Math 1021 or equivalent; no ALEKS score is required. Math 1431 does not require knowledge of trigonometry.
MACT score below 20
Your SAT or ACT score will determine your initial placement in either English 1001 or 2000 or will grant you an exemption from the first-year writing requirement. The chart below illustrates your initial English placement.
English Placement by ACT or SAT Scores
(Note: ACT scores used must come from the same date set.)
|ACT English Score||ACT English Score + Composite*||SAT Critical Reading Score||Course Credited||Placement|
|65 minimum (or 5 on the part of the CEEB exam)||720 or higher||ENGL 1001|
|Exempt from English Composition|
|26 or higher||53 minimum||590 - 719||ENGL 1001||ENGL 2000 to be taken sophomore year|
|18 or higher||38 minimum||450 - 589||ENGL 1001|
* For exemption from English 1001, the ACT English score must be at least 26 (column 1) AND the sum of the ACT English score and the composite score must be at least 53 (column 2).
* You would NOT be exempt from English 1001 if you had an ACT English score of 26 but the sum of your ACT English plus composite score was 52.
* For exemption from both English 1001 and 2000, the sum of the ACT English and the composite score must be at least 65.
* Placement by SAT score requires only a minimum SAT Critical Reading Score (column 3).
Scores on the advanced-standing exams are used to award course credit and to ensure proper course placement. Although a specific test can only be attempted once, you may take as many different advanced-standing exams as you like at no additional cost.
You have nothing to lose by attempting an exam. If you do not pass the exam, nothing is entered on your academic record. If you receive a passing score on an exam and you enroll at LSU within two years, a grade of “P” (passed) and regular LSU credit are entered on your academic record. The “P” grade does not affect your earned LSU grade-point average.
Credit hours earned at Spring Invitational or at one of the Freshman Orientation, Advising, and Pre-registration Programs can be used only at the LSU-Baton Rouge campus. Credits earned will be used to place freshmen in courses, but will not appear on your official student record until the end of your first semester at LSU.
Recommended Exams by Senior College
|Art & Design||X|
|Human Sciences & Education|
|Humanities & Social Sciences||X*|
|Music & Dramatic Arts|
*Required if course was taken in high school.
**Students majoring in Nutritional Sciences/Premedical and Food Science and Technology majors only.
***Students majoring in Nutritional Sciences/Premedical, Food Science and Technology, Pre-Vet Animal Science and Pre-Vet Willife only.
You are encouraged to take as many placement exams as possible. Please review the chart above that outlines exam recommendations based on the suggestions of senior college advisers in each respective area.
Please also review the following guidelines when making decisions about which placement exams to attempt:
- NOTE REGARDING LANGUAGE EXAMS FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS: Native speakers of a language cannot enroll in 1st or 2nd year level classes in that language, nor can they be awarded credit or absolved of any foreign language requirements in their native tongue for courses marked in the General Catalog with an asterisk (*). They also cannot take the placement test in that language.
- You should take a foreign language exam if you have received high school credit in that language and plan to take classes in that language at LSU.
- If you plan to take French at LSU, you MUST take the French placement exam.
- If you have less than two years of high school Spanish and plan to take Spanish at LSU, you may attempt the Spanish placement exam, but it is not required. If you choose not to take the Spanish placement exam, you will be placed in Spanish 1101.
- However, if you have two or more years of high school Spanish and plan to take Spanish at LSU, you MUST take the Spanish placement exam at orientation or before the last day to add classes for the semester you enter LSU. If you have two or more years of high school Spanish, you will not be placed lower than Spanish 1152.
- Chemistry, Geology, and Physics majors MUST schedule the Trigonometry and Physics exams.
- Biochemistry, Microbiology, Computer Science and Biology majors MUST schedule the Trigonometry exam
The following is a list of exams offered:
- Calculus I (5 semester hours credit) – The calculus examination covers college-level work. If you have a strong background in algebra, trigonometry, and college-level calculus, you may want to take this exam. Typically only about 10 percent of students attempting this exam receive advanced-standing credit for calculus. Topics include limits; continuity; derivations of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; tangent line to a curve; velocity; chain rule; implicit differentiation; properties of graphs (maxima, minima, inflection points); related rates; applied optimization problems; antiderivatives; integration by substitution; and applications of integration (area of a plane region, volume of a solid of revolution, work).
- Chemistry (3 semester hours credit) – Non-graphing calculators are permitted. This examination is recommended for students whose M-ACT scores are at least 24 and who feel that their performance in high school chemistry may qualify them for advanced placement in chemistry at LSU. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, theory of gases and liquids, stoichemistry, and elementary thermochemistry.
- Foreign Language (4-14 semester hours credit) – All beginning freshman who have high school credit in French, German, or Latin and wish to continue studying the same language at LSU are required to take the placement examination in that language. The examination score determines the course level at which you begin study of this language at LSU. You can receive advanced credit for each course prerequisite to the course of initial placement, up to a maximum of 14 hours of credit. Students with high school credit in Spanish should refer to the section on Spanish below. NOTE: Native speakers of a language cannot enroll in 1st or 2nd year level classes in that language, nor can they be awarded credit or absolved of any foreign language requirements in their native tongue for courses marked in the General Catalog with an asterisk (*). They also cannot take the placement test in that language.
- Physics (3 semester hours credit) – Non-graphing calculators are permitted. Students with strong backgrounds in high school physics and students who are interested in majoring in engineering or one of the physical sciences should take this exam. The test in physics includes topics ordinarily covered in high school physics courses. It will consist of multiple-choice questions on the following: units, scientific notation, graph interpretation, significant figures, vectors, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s laws of motion, uniform circular motion, work, kinetic energy, and gravity.
- Spanish (4-14 semester hours credit) – If you have had less than two years of high school Spanish and plan to take Spanish at LSU, you may attempt the Spanish placement exam, but it is not required. If you choose not to take the Spanish placement exam and have less than two years of high school Spanish, you will be placed in Spanish 1101. However, if you have two or more years of high school Spanish and plan to take Spanish at LSU, you MUST take the Spanish placement exam at orientation or before the last day to add classes for the semester that you enter LSU. If you have two or more years of high school Spanish, you will not be placed lower than Spanish 1152. NOTE: Native speakers of a language cannot enroll in 1st or 2nd year level classes in that language, nor can they be awarded credit or absolved of any foreign language requirements in their native tongue for courses marked in the General Catalog with an asterisk (*). They also cannot take the placement test in that language.
- Trigonometry (3 semester hours credit) – This placement test is not required, but is strongly recommended. The algebra portion of the exam covers the following topics: linear equations and inequalities, factoring, radical expressions, rational exponents, logarithms and exponential functions, polynomial functions, graphs of functions, and systems of two linear equations. The trigonometry portion of the exam covers: radian measure, trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities, inverse trigonometric functions, and solving triangles. Visit www.math.lsu.edu/ugrad/PlacementCredit for sample questions
- Other – LSU awards credit in recognition of acceptable scores achieved on advanced placement (AP) examinations of the College Board, subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. If you have taken any of these examinations, you should inquire at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions about credit that may be awarded to you on either basis or refer to the LSU General Catalog.
During the early days of the fall semester, you may request the LSU departmental advanced-standing examinations on an individual basis with the academic department(s) concerned. These examinations are free if completed by the final date to add courses for credit during your first term of enrollment at LSU. Upon enrollment, contact a Center for Freshman Year counselor to assist with the scheduling of these tests.
About one-fourth of American secondary schools currently participate in the Advanced-Placement Program of the College Board. Each May, AP examinations are administered (by the College Board) to students who have participated in the program. Advanced-Placement credit will be granted in appropriate subjects to freshmen who earn a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on Advanced- Placement subject examinations, as specified in the chart provided. (Note—the specific history course will be decided after the department interviews the student.) Departmental recommendations are subject to change. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for current recommendations.
For information about general program data and policies, contact either Advanced- Placement Program, The College Board, 45 Columbia Ave., New York, NY 10023-6917; or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 110 Thomas Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.
LSU Advanced-Placement Program for Entering Freshmen
|Examination||Minimum Score||Courses||Hours Credit|
|Art History||3||ARTH 1440 or 1441||3|
|4||ARTH 1440, 1441||6|
|Biology||3||BIOL 1201, 1202||6|
|4||BIOL 1201, 1202, 1208, & 1209||8|
|Chemistry||3||CHEM 1201, 1202||6|
|4||CHEM 1421, 1422||6|
|Computer Science A||3||CSC 1248||3|
|Computer Science AB||3||CSC 1248||3|
|4||CSC 1253 or 1350||3|
|5||CSC 1253 or 1350 and||3|
|CSC 1254 or 1351||6|
|Economics: Microeconomics||5||ECON 2000||3|
|Economics: Macroeconomics||5||ECON 2010||3|
|English Language & Composition||3||ENGL 1001||3|
|4||ENGL 1001 and 2025 or 2027 or 2029 or 2123||6|
|5||ENGL 1001, 2025 or 2027 or 2029 or 2123, and 2000||9|
|English Literature||Same as above|
|Environmental Science||3||ENVS 1126||3|
|French Language||3||FREN 1001, 1002||8|
|4||FREN 1001, 1002, 2101||11|
|5||FREN 1001, 1002, 2101, 2102||14|
|German Language||3||GERM 1101, 1102||8|
|Government, U.S. Politics||4||POLI 2051||3|
|Government, Politics (Comparative)||4||POLI 2053||3|
|History, American||3||HIST 2055 or 2057||3|
|4||HIST 2055, 2057||6|
|History, European||3||HIST 1003||3|
|History, World||4||HIST 1007||3|
|Latin||3||LATN 1001, 2051||8|
|4||LATN 1001, 2051, 2053||11|
|Mathematics: Calculus AB||3||MATH 1431||3|
|Mathematics: Calculus BC||3||MATH 1550||5|
|4||MATH 1550, 1552||9|
|Music Theory||4||MUS 1799||3|
|Physics B||3||PHYS 2001||3|
|4||PHYS 2001, 2002||6|
|Physics C: Mechanics||3||PHYS 1101||3|
|Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism||3||PHYS 2102||3|
|Spanish||3||SPAN 1101 and 1102||8|
|4||SPAN 1101, 1102, and 2101||1|
|5||SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102||14|
|Spanish Literature||Same as above|
|Statistics||4||ISDS 2000 or EXST 2201||3 or 4|
Policies governing minimum required scores and the acceptance of credit are established by the appropriate academic departments. LSU allows credit on CLEP subject examinations in 20 areas. (Credit is not allowed for CLEP general examinations.) Departmental course credit recommendations for satisfactory scores on CLEP subject examinations are included in the table provided. Department recommendations are subject to change. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for current recommendations and information on general program data and policies.
CLEP Subject Examinations
|CLEP Subject Examination||Minimum Score||LSU Equivalent||Sem. Hrs.|
|American Government||58||POLI 2051||3|
|American History I||50||HIST 2055||3|
|American History II||50||HIST 2057||3|
|Calculus with Elementary Functions||56||MATH 1550||5|
|College Algebra||50||MATH 1021||3|
|College Composition||58||ENGL 1000/1001||3|
|College French||35||FREN 1001||4|
|39||FREN 1001, 1002||8|
|45||FREN 1001, 1002, 2101||11|
|50||FREN 1001, 1002, 2101, 2102||14|
|College German||40||GERM 1101||4|
|48||GERM 1101, 1102||8|
|54||GERM 1101, 1102, 2101||11|
|61||GERM 1101, 1102, 2101, 2102||14|
|College Spanish||40||SPAN 1101||4|
|48||SPAN 1101, 1102||8|
|54||SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101||11|
|61||SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, 2102||14|
|Human Growth and Development||52||PSYC 2076||3|
|Introduction to Educational Psychology||52||PSYC 2060||3|
|Introductory Psychology||55||PSYC 2000||3|
|Introductory Sociology||46||SOCL 2001||3|
A number of American and secondary schools abroad participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This is a comprehensive two-year curriculum leading to examinations and a possible IB diploma if the requirements of the full program are satisfied. Students are encouraged to submit their IB diploma record or examination results with their application to the University for evaluation. Advanced placement credit may be granted in appropriate subjects to freshmen who earn a grade of 4 or better on the IB higher level examinations. Credit is not allowed for IB subsidiary level examinations.
Policies governing minimum required scores and the acceptance of credit of IB examinations are established by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Credentials and by the appropriate academic departments. Current departmental recommendations may be obtained by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
International Baccalaureate Advanced Placement Credit*
|Biology 2003—syllabus||4||BIOL 1201 (3), 1202 (3)|
|5||BIOL 1201 (3), 1202 (3), 1209 (1)|
|Chemistry 2003—syllabus||4||CHEM 1201 (3)|
|5||CHEM 1201 (3), 1202 (3), 1212 (2)|
|Computer Science||4||CSC 1248 (3)|
|5||CSC 1253 (3) or 1350 (3)|
|Economics||5||ECON 2030 (3)|
|English Literature (A1)||4||ENGL 2025 (3)|
|5||ENGL 2025 (3), 2027 (3)|
|History—Modern Europe||4||HIST 2022 (3)|
|5||HIST 2023 (3)|
|History—2003 syllabus||4||HIST 1007 (3)|
|History—all other||4||HIST 2**** (3)|
|Language A1: English||4||ENGL 2025 (3)|
|5||ENGL 2025 (3), 2027 (3)|
|Mathematics||4||MATH 1021 (3), 1431 (3)|
|5||MATH 1021 (3), 1550 (3)|
|Music—2002 syllabus||4||MUS 1751 (3)|
|5||MUS 1751 (3), 1799 (3)|
|Physics—2003 syllabus||4||PHYS 2001 (3)|
|5||PHYS 2001 (3), 2002 (3)|
|Psychology||4||PSYC 2000 (3)|
|Visual Arts—2003 syllabus||4||ART 1001 (3)|
|Other HL’s||4||3 credit hours by title (1***)|
|*Advanced Placement credit given for Higher Level (HL) exams only, with grades of 4 or higher.|